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August 11, 2016 1:18 pm

UK’s Labour Party May Be Forced to Cancel Conference Due to Boycott of Israel-Linked Security Firm

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Britain’s Labour Party may be forced to cancel its annual conference due to complications arising from its boycott of an Israeli-linked security firm, The Times reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, leaked emails to Labour General Secretary Iain McNicol revealed that the party failed to contract a new security company after canceling its agreement with G4S, which has sold equipment to Israeli prisons.

McNicol was warned by the Home Office and police that the conference, which is slated to begin on September 25, will be shut down if the services of a new security company are not secured beforehand.

Labour has apparently reached out to five different security companies, three of which have refused their services and one which withdrew its bid. The situation has become so dire, the report said, that Labour is considering reversing the G4S boycott.

A Labour source told The Times that while a security firm has not yet been contracted, the party is “absolutely confident that arrangements for security will be in place and the conference will go ahead.”

Labour MP John Woodcock told the newspaper that the latest Labour controversy is “just another example of the ideologically purist leader’s team creating havoc for ordinary party members with their selectively and suspectly applied principles.”

“They have managed to screw up even the most basic and decent thing as providing security for us and risk making Labour a laughing stock,” he said.

Last year, Labour’s National Executive Committee voted to boycott G4S — the world’s largest security company — following objections by the anti-Israel Palestine Solidarity Campaign to the relationship with “Israeli prisons which hold Palestinian political prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel.”

The news of Labour’s latest conundrum comes amid the backdrop of the party’s ongoing antisemitism scandal. As reported by The Algemeiner, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn recently prompted outcry from Britain’s Jewish community and political leaders, when he bestowed peerage on the controversial chief investigator of a recent antisemitism inquiry, which was condemned as a “whitewash.”

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  • John Booth

    There is no anti Semitic conspiracy afoot in the Labour Party other than in the minds of those who wood put it to their political advantage.
    The problem for many is in how to be allowed to criticise Zionism or the state of Israel without being branded anti Semitic.
    It’s important for those believing in democracy not to let their words lie to their ears.

  • nat cheiman

    That does it!!! Labour is for Islam

  • A Zionist

    Could not happen to a nicer Labour Party! Such irony and Shabbat shalom!

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    They could always hire ISIS or Hezbollah. No worries.

  • Labour contacted 5 security firms, 3 refused immediately?, 1 declined after a risk assessment. What happened to the 5th ? Are they still laughing ? It is heartwarming to see Labour NEC’s expeditious response to complaints from a support group. Perhaps they are capable of learning from their ineffective response to other, genuine complainants ? Politics can be so dreich, we have Labour to thank for injecting some light relief,but is humour and sympathy for ineptitude enough to entice moderate, common sense people to vote for them? On a serious note, G4S have announced plans to sell their business in Israel quoting ” commercial reasons”, also used by Sodastream when it relocated from the West Bank, costing 700 Palestinians their jobs. There have been campaigns against both.Nice to see them achieving their objective of improving the Palestinians’ lot.


    Hah! Good. It serves them right. They should try to get that peerage revoked.

  • Britain’s Labour Party needs to get what’s coming to its leadership! Labour is a moral sewer!

  • Leslie Benjamini

    Yes,by all means boycotters boycott everything Israeli then go live in the caves you belong in because you can’t live in the 21st century without all the Israeli inventions, innovations & medical miracles that have come out that miraculous country. You might as well not get out of bed in the morning & while you are are at it, whatever you do do not get sick because you will probably die. Oh, & don’t try to use any technology because chances are it has come Israeli component it.
    Stupid is as stupid does, you will be all the poorer for it. I sure hope you don’t run out of clean water. Or coal to power your electricity or anything modern.

  • SteveHC

    Who cares what this anti-Semitic cesspool of a political party does or does not do regarding their proceeding with their “conference” or not? They should be allowed to proceed without the additiinal security and let the consequences fall wherever they might happen to fall, as they brought the situation entirely upon themselves anyway.

  • Jay Lavine

    “selectively and suspectly applied principles” — I’ve never heard the world “suspectly” before but I love it! Thanks to MP Woodcock for that one!